Being healthy and fit makes you a better musician. Your music is better, because you perform better. Your fans are happier, because they see more inspiring performances, which leads repeat shows and rebookings, and more merch sales and what not.
So yeah. Being healthy rocks and is the key to ass-kicking on stage. And I don’t give a shit whether you play rock, blues, country, metal, classical, ska, rap… whatever. It – ass kicking and rocking – still applies.
Having said that, here are 5 reasons why you as a musician should want to be fitter and healthier.
Reason #1: You have more energy.
If you’re reading this and are not 20 years old, you know how tiring it is to be a professional musician. Long nights, long drives, sporadic sleep, fucked up sleep patterns… these all apply. If you’re fit and healthy, you’ll find won’t drag your ass nearly as much. You won’t feel as tired. You’ll be able to cope with the stress of the road so much easier.
Reason #2: You have greater ability to fight off illness.
Poor eating habits, coupled with poor sleep patterns and poor lifestyle choices kicks the crap out of your immune system. It’s easier to get sick (when that drunken fan sneezes on you) and it’s harder to kick it when you do get sick. Being fit and healthy reduces your susceptibility to illness. Cool, huh?
Reason #3: You have more energetic performances.
Not much more really needs to be said on this one. Do you want to be out there doing your best, or do you want to be dargging your ass and wheezing? I know which one I’d choose.
Reason #4: You get hotter groupies.
I’m only half kidding about this. We all know that part of why we’re in music is because of the attention from the opposite sex. Let’s call a spade a spade… it may not be politically correct to say this, but the hotter YOU get, the hotter your groupies get, male and female. Gotta love that.
Reason #5: You live longer. Therefore, you play longer
I dunno about you, but before I check out from planet earth, I want to play a lot more gigs. Like, a lot more. I love music. But poor lifestyle choices, inactivity and a shitty diet makes it more likely that you’ll be prone to heart disease, metabolic syndrome and adult type II diabetes, which can really f**k you up in the long run. One of the big reasons I made the changes in my own life was that I could see these things coming for me, and I didn’t like it one bit.
In other words, I chose to cut back on some of the things I enjoy – like booze, crappy, deep fried food and what not – so I could do more of the thing I love most; music!
You should do the same. If you need some help, contact me here!